Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review: Playing with Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

Playing With Trouble by Chanel Cleeton
July 21, 2015
Capital Confessions #2
Contemporary Romance 

The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…

The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fianc√© cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.

When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?

Praise for the work of Chanel Cleeton: 
Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal.
I loved this book!
- New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!
- New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris


Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious. 
- USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King

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Favorite Quotes:

“He smelled like winter, which was utterly ridiculous and the absolute truth at the same time.”

“You’re not going to make this something tawdry and cheap by pretending you’re some lecherous professor preying on a young, virginal student.  I may have been having bad sex, but I’m far from a virgin.”

“It means you’re hot in the kind of way that makes lady parts stand at attention.  In a completely wild, unrestrained, sexy sort of way…”

“I wanted her more than I’d ever wanted anyone.  It was a gnawing hunger in the pit of my stomach, the feeling that no matter how much I ate, I’d never be full.”

“Do you know that every single time I read a book and some guy rips the heroine’s underwear off, I think to myself that seems too difficult to believe.  Like, are they just poor quality or have they been washed too many times, or what?  Because I’m twenty-three years old and no one has ever ripped my underwear off.  I’m calling BS on the whole thing.”

“And just like that I gave up trying to be the man I thought she deserved and became the man she wanted.”

My Review:

Playing with Trouble see-sawed between being a fun and humorous read, and a more complicated and emotional laden professor/student romance, with lots of family drama and tension thrown in.  Blair is the “good girl” type that works hard at being “beige,” not standing out, pleasing others, and avoiding conflict; yet she just cannot seem to please her political parents, regardless of how hard she tries or sacrifices.  A series of epic fails blow-up in her face that spark an epiphany, and brings the world into focus for her.  I enjoyed the new and improved model of Blair and wanted those in her life to see and appreciate her as well.  I enjoyed the story line, and found the characters to be well nuanced, interesting, and complicated.  Ms. Cleeton’s writing held my attention, and was clever as well as entertaining and deliciously steamy.  I wish I had started with the first book, Flirting With Scandal, and would most likely enjoy continuing on with the rest of this series. 

Empress DJ

Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton
May 19, 2015
Capital Confessions #1
Contemporary Romance 

The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn... 

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

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Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.


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